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Investigating Place Attitudes in Santa Barbara, CA

Author:
Davis, Adam Wilkinson
Degree Grantor:
University of California, Santa Barbara. Geography
Degree Supervisor:
Konstadinos G. Goulias
Place of Publication:
[Santa Barbara, Calif.]
Publisher:
University of California, Santa Barbara
Creation Date:
2015
Issued Date:
2015
Topics:
Geographic information science and geodesy, Urban planning, and Geography
Keywords:
Twitter
Urban Geography
Place
Genres:
Dissertations, Academic and Online resources
Dissertation:
M.A.--University of California, Santa Barbara, 2015
Description:

This thesis investigates the relationship between place attitudes and measurable place attributes in Santa Barbara, CA. People's relationships to places form a key component of travel behavior and decision making, but they have been the subject of limited empirical study. In addition to improving our understanding of place attitudes, I investigate appropriate ways to model a cross-classified dataset with spatially autocorrelated ordinal responses. Data sources include a spatially constrained place attitudes survey, parcel-based land use, business establishment records, and a collection of local geotagged Tweets, from which a spatial measure of happiness was extracted. The relationships among these variables are investigated using a cross-classified multilevel ordinal regression model, which finds several significant relationships between place attitudes and available opportunities, land use, and natural amenities. I also find that while Twitter data may provide another way to measure place attitudes, more work is needed to develop useful variables from it.

Physical Description:
1 online resource (120 pages)
Format:
Text
Collection(s):
UCSB electronic theses and dissertations
ARK:
ark:/48907/f3v1249b
ISBN:
9781339472393
Catalog System Number:
990046179630203776
Rights:
Inc.icon only.dark In Copyright
Copyright Holder:
Adam Davis
File Description
Access: Public access
Davis_ucsb_0035N_12865.pdf pdf (Portable Document Format)